People spread lies more than the truth.
An analysis of more than ten year’s worth of tweets shows that fake news spreads faster and further on twitter than true stories. The research also suggests that people play a greater role in sharing lies than computer-generated bots.
People are gossips and love to pass on stories although they do not know that they are true. It supports the well-known adage, ‘don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story’.
Facts and counter-facts are the order of the day. It comes on the back of the long and practised deceit of half-truths.
Half-truths gather their power from the truth that is in them – deceiving the person who does not realise that it is not the whole truth.
Jesus said: ‘If I say the truth, why do you not believe Me?’ John 8:46.
Such was their prejudice that He said: “Because I tell you the truth, you do not believe Me” John 8:45.
Why is this so? Jesus diagnosed it in various ways:
‘I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you’ John 5:42.
‘This is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil’ John 3:19.
‘Their eyes they have closed lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.’ Mat 13:15.